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Waste not, want not - giving old items new life

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: September 10, 2019
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Li Meng, who is known for his TV-made fish tank online, poses for photos in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC]

Like many outdated or old electronics, the final days of life for a TV are waiting to be dismantled and disposed of. A young man called Li Meng in Jining, East China's Shandong province, however, has turned what would have been waste into wealth with his ingenuity.

From TV fish tanks to bottle speakers, these are just a glimpse of the eye-catching handicrafts from Li, who used to be a chef. He now has his own studio and even self-made tools for unconstrained creation, turning old, forgotten items into new gadgets while teaching thousands of people to take on a new art-form of recycling via live-streaming.

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A TV-made fish tank is seen in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC]  

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Li Meng works at his studio in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC] 

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Li Meng cleans and carves a bottle at his studio in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC] 

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A woman holds a hollowed-out vase made from a used bottle in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC]

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Li Meng shows a self-made handicraft via live stream at his studio in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC] 

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Li Meng works on a used bottle in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC]

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Handicrafts made by Li Meng are well-placed at his studio in Jining, East China's Shandong province, Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/IC]